Second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Is FREE, On May 21 In Pacifica

foggy-mountain-bluegrass-festival-spring-16-posterThe second Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 at The Surf Spot on the coast in Pacifica — a lovely, bluegrass-friendly city that is nearby, but a world away.

A great line-up of bluegrass performers, good food and drink, and a nice outdoor music venue awaits!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this fun, FREE event. Ya’ll come!

Lovely Pacifica -- nearby, but a world away.

Lovely Pacifica -- nearby, but a world away.

IBMA’s 2016 Bluegrass Film Festival Issues Call For Films Due May 31st

3rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

3rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association Film Festival Committee, which is chaired by NCBS President Michael Hall, has issued a Call For Films for the Third Annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, to be held September 27-October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. Bluegrass filmmakers are welcome to submit films for consideration by the committee. Films submissions are due by May 31, 2016.

The film festival will be a part of a big week of bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, as bluegrass bands, business leaders, fans, and filmmakers gather for the annual IBMA World Of Bluegrass convention. Convention registrants will be admitted to special film programs during the week. while weekend screenings will be free and open to the public.

Meanwhile, the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s ten-year-old film festival will be held on January 29, 2017, as part of the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival and is not affected by the Raleigh festival. The NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival in Redwood City is the original bluegrass film event and was the model for the IBMA festival. A call for films for the NCBS festival will be issued later this year.

ncbs-plain-logoThe NCBS is a longtime organizational member of the IBMA.

IBMA Film Festival Information

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair.

RBA To Close 2015-16 Season Presenting The Tuttles With A. J. Lee On May 7 In Mountain View

bglogoRedwood Bluegrass Associates will present The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto) in the organization’s 2015-16 season-ending concert at the Mountain View Masonic Hall.

The Saturday, May 7 show is welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The 7:30pm concert will be preceded by an open jam at the hall beginning at 5:00pm. Concert doors will open at 7:00pm.

The Mountain View Masonic Hall is at 890 Church Street, near downtown restaurants. There is plenty of parking in the Masonic lot, the nearby public library lot and on the street.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee

The Northern California Bluegrass & Beyond Highlights For May 2016

foggy-mountain-bluegrass-festival-spring-16-postermay-14th-2016-sc-bluegrass-fair-flyer-5The Merry Month Of May will bring us a bevy of good bluegrass music, a full schedule of festivals, and a chance to enjoy the music with our friends. Here are the selective highlights for the month. There are many other fine events not on this list.

The NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair turns 30 Years Old on May 14. It is still FREE after all these years! There is NCBS-welcomed music at the Summit House on Highway 17 every Thursday. The NCBS-welcomed RBA 2015-16 concert season concludes May 7 appreciating The Tuttles With A. J. Lee. The NCBS-welcomed FREE Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival returns to Pacifica’s Surf Spot May 21.

Spring Strawberry is back in Grass Valley, Parkfield has a nice line-up, the Freight is staging the first Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, and a number of other weekend events wrap up on Sunday, May 1st. There are even more small festivals with bluegrass music this month all around the area.

Touring acts coming to Northern California include Rob Ickes & Troy Hensley, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Tim O’Brien, Carlene Carter, EmiSunshine, Sweetwater String Band,  Mipso, The Krüger Brothers, plus our own Laurie Lewis, Hot Buttered Rum, Dead Winter Carpenters, Rita Hosking, and The Coffis Brothers.

gryphon-stringed-instruments-frontsweetwater-string-band-logoJoin your NCBS Friends and enjoy some May tunes!

MAY

April 28-May 1 – Merfefest, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.

April 29-May 1 – North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout. KOA Campground, Chula Vista.

April 29-May 1 – DIO Fest, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.

amnesia-day-signApril 29-May 1 – Stagecoach Festival, Empire Polo Club, Indio.

carlene-carter-name-red-dress-head1 – Northern California Steel Guitar Summit, Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto.

1 — Sweetwater String Band, Berryessa Brewing Company, Winters.

1 – Whole Hog Bluegrass Party, DT’s Place, Sonoma. (Sold out)

1 — Carlene Carter, Caroline de Lone, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

1 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.

Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco

2 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

2 – Skillet Licorice, Amnesia, San Francisco.

3 – Sweetwater String Band, One Grass Two Grass, Joe Kaplow, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

3 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

4 — Blue & Lonesome, Le Bateau Ivre, Berkeley.

4 — Sweetwater String Band, Pacific Coast Brewing Company, Oakland.

4 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

5 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley With Tommy Emmanuel, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco.

5 — Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Camping

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival Camping

EmiSunshine

EmiSunshine

5 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

5-8 – Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, various venues, Parkfield.

6 – EmiSunshine, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

6 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley With Tommy Emmanuel, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz.

6 – Cimarron Rose Band, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

6 — Blame Sally, Oaksongs Society, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.

6-8 — Whole Earth Festival, UC-Davis, Davis.

6-8 – Pahrump AcoustiGrass Festival, Petrack Park, Pahrump, NV.

7 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, Masonic Hall, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed)

Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking

Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle

7 — Sweetwater String Band, Plough and Stars, San Francisco.

7 – Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

7 — Mild Colonial Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

7 — Rita Hosking Trio, Mission Coffee Roasting Company, Fremont.

7 – EmiSunshine, The Rain, Don Quixote’s, Felton.

7 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley With Tommy Emmanuel, Nightingale Concert Hall, Reno.

Trey Hensley & Rob Ickes

Trey Hensley & Rob Ickes

7 — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Castoro Cellars, Templeton.

7-8 – Bluegrass In The Spring – Calico Spring Festival, Calico Ghost Town, Yermo.

8 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Live Oak Farmers Market, Santa Cruz.

8 – Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

8 — Faux Renwah, Henry Coe State Park, Morgan Hill.

8 – The Gilly Girls, Tower Theatre, Fresno.

8 –  EmiSunshine, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.

9 — The Bow Ties, Amnesia, San Francisco.

9 – Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

10 — Sean Watkins, SOHO, Santa Barbara.

10 — Carolina Special, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

sams-bbq-name-pig-chefphils-fish-market-logo10 — Abbott Family Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

10 — Pacific Drive, The Beauty Operators, Driftwood, San Francisco.

11 – Sean Watkins, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

11 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

11 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

12 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

The Gilly Girls

The Gilly Girls

12 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

12 – Sean Watkins, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley.

13 – Hot Buttered Rum, Front Country, Quiles & Cloud, The Fillmore, San Francisco.

13 — Jeanie and Chuck Poling With Jody Richardson, Pat Campbell, & Ryan Breen, Pacific Drive, Savannah Blu, Canyon Johnson, La Promenade Café, San Francisco.

14 – NCBS/SCBS 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, FREE, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz.

14 — Harmony Grits, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

14 — Slide Road, Sempervirens Fund Annual Picnic, Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos.

14 — Mark Cassidy & Tom Shewmake, 5th String, Sacramento.

14 — Steep Ravine, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Auburn State Theatre, Auburn.

Mark Cassidy

Mark Cassidy

Rushad Eggleston

Rushad Eggleston

14 – Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Caspar Inn, Caspar.

15 – Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.

16 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

16 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.

17 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

17 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Vintage Wine Bar, Redding.

17 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

18 — Rushad Eggleston, The Back Room, Berkeley.

18 – Mipso, Steep Ravine, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.

Jeff Scroggins

Jeff Scroggins

Mipso

Mipso

18 – Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

18 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Little River Inn, Little River.

19 — Heathen Hill, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS-welcomed)

19 – The Stray Birds, Evie Ladin Band, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

19 — Steep Ravine, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, Cloverdale.

19 – Mipso, Slim’s, San Francisco.

19 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Smilley’s Saloon, Bolinas.

Lulu Carpenter's

Lulu Carpenter's

19 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.

20 — Reeves ‘n Zat, Sugartown, The Monkey House, Berkeley.

20 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.

20 — Mipso, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.

20 — Natural Drift, Sloughhouse Inn, Sloughhouse.

20 — True Life Troubadours, Freewheel Brewing Company, Redwood City.

20 — Steep Ravine, Caspar Inn, Caspar.

20 – Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Tallman Meeting House, Upper Lake.

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Caspar Inn

The Caspar Inn

20-22 – Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

21 – Spring Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, FREE, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS-welcomed)

21 – Montara Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

21 — Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Auburn State Theatre, Auburn.

Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis

21 – Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

21 – Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, Dahlia Dell Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

21 — Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Sutter Creek Theatre, Sutter Creek.

21 – The Stray Birds & The Evie Laden Band, Nevada Theatre, Nevada City.

22 – Circle R Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.

22 – Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday Party. SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park.

23 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

23 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.

24 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

24 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

25 — The Krüger Brothers, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

25 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.

25-30 – Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.

26 — Tim O’Brien, Caleb Caudle, Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley.

The Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers

Amber Cross

Amber Cross

26 – Lance Canales & The Flood, Amber Cross, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

26 — The Krüger Brothers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.

26-29 – Delfest, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.

26-30 – Strawberry Spring Music Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

27 — The Stragglyrs, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

27 & 28 – Dead Winter Carpenters, Hot Buttered Rum, then Head For The Hills, Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay, NV.

27-29 – Bottle Rock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa. (Sold out)

Strawberry Spring Music Festival at Grass Valley

Strawberry Spring Music Festival at Grass Valley

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Sarah & James Mackessey of lille aeske

28 – Mountain Fire, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, San Leandro.

28 – The Coffis Brothers, lille æske, Boulder Creek.

28 – Beargrass Creek, Mission Pizza, Fremont.

29 — Jim & Louise Mintun, Live Oak Farmer’s Market, Santa Cruz.

30 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

live-oak-farmers-market-logo-bw30 – The Mountain Men, Amnesia, San Francisco.

31 — Leftover Crow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.

31 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.

The Freight & Salvage

The Freight & Salvage

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair To Present The Harmony Grits At The Duck Pond Stage On Saturday, May 14

The Harmony Grits

The Harmony Grits

may-14th-2016-sc-bluegrass-fair-flyer-5The historic FREE 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair on Saturday, May 14, 2016. will present The Harmony Grits (Santa Cruz). The event is run by the Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society.

Complete Bluegrass Fair Line-Up

The Noon-6:00pm concert in the park is the oldest outdoor music event in Santa Cruz and the oldest Society event.

The longtime home for the relaxed afternoon of music and friends is the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park (next to the courthouse in Santa Cruz). Food and a raffle will be available. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating.

This Rite Of Spring is the traditional opener of the outdoor bluegrass season. And remember — all of your friends will be there!

Kitchen Help Headed For Tres Pinos For 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 11-14

Redwood City’s Kitchen Help is headed to Tres Pinos for the 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival which will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park.

The new place (next to Bolado Park) offers improved facilities in the same small, beautiful valley as past festivals (7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25).

The August 11-14, 2016 festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands and is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, which supports bluegrass music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

Discount Advance Tickets are available on this website. NCBS Members receive a deep discount, while Non-Members receive a discount.

Kitchen Help

Kitchen Help

Tres Pinos in 1891.

Tres Pinos in 1891.

Advance Online Tickets

NCBS Membership

GOF Flyer

Pacifica’s Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Welcomes The Return Of The Stoney Mountain Ramblers On May 21

The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

The Surf Spot, Pacifica.

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers (Menlo Park) will return to the stage of the Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Pacifica on Saturday, May 21. The FREE event will be held 11:00am-6:00pm at The Surf Spot near Rockaway Beach.

The first NCBS-welcomed Foggy Mountain festival was held last September and was a big success. The plan (pending continued good bluegrass fan attendance) is to hold the outdoor festival each May & September. The venue is a beautiful place for music and good food and drink will be available.

The line-up for spring also includes Foggy Coast Kids, True Life Troubadours, Dim Lights, Redwood Ramblers, The Blue J’s, & Sara Rodenburg.

Thanks to The Surf Spot Restaurant for presenting bluegrass music on the coast!

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The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

Three Great Northern California Bluegrass Society Events With Top Area Talent Are Coming Up In May

Outdoor performance area at The Surf Spot.

The Surf Spot

ncbs-plain-logoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society will help bring great bluegrass shows featuring top area talent on the first three Saturdays in May. This will be a great way to start off the summer season of bluegrass!

Mountain View Masonic Hall

Mountain View Masonic Hall

MAY

7 — The Tuttles With A. J. Lee, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, Masonic Hall, Mountain View. (NCBS-welcomed) Tickets

14 — Historic 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. FREE. Line-Up

21 — Spring Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot Restaurant Patio Stage, Pacifica. FREE. (NCBS-welcomed) Line-Up

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair (Illustration by Linda Descoteaux).

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair at the Duck Pond Stage (Illustration by Linda Descoteaux).